The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: a last walk through the village , a corpse
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 9.6.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1.4.1937-26.6.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: Wakching 9/6/1937
text: Last day in Wakching. After I finished the packing I went for a last walk through the village in the afternoon. It is a genna day today as it is the day separating the head from the body of Medzong who died a bad death. The head is then put into a pot, usually an old woman of the deceased family cleans his skull.